Chicago has no shortage of talent when it comes to tattoo shops. The city owns a storied past filled with influences, cultures, and personalities that have produced some of the most notable tattooing in the United States, specifically with regard to traditional tattooing. Tattooing has long been an essential part of Chicago’s culture, the recent eruption in the popularity of tattooing has only helped to boost the reach of it’s popular studios.
It was difficult to find a succinct list of the best tattoo shops in Chicago, other than user generated groups and a few forums, so we decided to create our own.
Like our other lists, we do understand that the word “best” is quite subjective. And that our inclusions and exclusions may be somewhat polarizing. Our goal with these articles is to reflect a grouping of 10 artists in a given area that we are quite fond of – rather than that of all out gospel. We encourage you to send us submissions for any tattoo shops we may have missed, we would be happy to grow this list.
While we do consider this list a grouping of our “best tattoo shops in Chicago” we also want to acknowledge a huge grouping of talented tattoo shops before we begin: Deluxe Tattoo, Revolution Tattoo, Code of Conduct, Goodkind Tattoo, Top Hat Tattoo, Brown Brothers Tattoo, Tattoo Candy, Native Rituals, Ageless Tattoo, Tatu Tattoo and many more.
Here is a look at our choice for best tattoo shops in Chicago:
Quick Fact: Owned by Patrick Cornolo, home to world renowned artists
Quick Fact: Insanely talented crew
Quick Fact: Killer trad work
Quick Fact: Get yourself some Beatdown
Quick Fact: Possibly the best Black and Grey in the city
Quick Fact: The largest lineup of artists in the city
Quick Fact: Been around since the 1960’s
Quick Fact: These girls rock
Quick Fact: One of the most sterile-friendly shops; Insight Studios offers weekly spore-testing to ensure all equipment is sterile
Quick Fact: Tattoos Derrick Rose on the reg